Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Oct 2007 15:31 UTC
Microsoft Strong sales of new and old products alike led Microsoft to its fastest first-quarter growth in eight years, with the company reporting growth in all five business segments and both revenue and earnings per share that beat analyst expectations. Revenue for the fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30 was up 27 percent at USD 13.76 billion compared to USD 10.81 billion a year ago, Microsoft said Thursday. Consensus estimates from Thomson First Call analysts were for the company to generate revenue of USD 12.57 billion. Microsoft's EPS for the quarter was USD 0.45, which also soundly beat Thomson First Call consensus estimate of USD 0.39. Net income for the quarter was USD 4.29 billion, a 23 percent increase over the USD 3.48 billion reported a year ago. At USD 5.92 billion, operating income for the quarter also had double-digit percentage growth: an increase of more than 25 percent over operating income reported for the same period last year of USD 4.47 billion.
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RE: Suck it up...
by iarann on Fri 26th Oct 2007 15:54 UTC in reply to "Suck it up..."
iarann
Member since:
2006-05-14

The open source zealots will come out in force claiming those numbers can't be correct...they're published by Microsoft...so they must be all lies.

While I am sure there will be plenty of people unhappy with this announcement, I think this kind of comment is more appropriate for someplace like slashdot or digg. Don't take the voting down as an anti-Microsoft sentiment, I own a number of shares in Microsoft and this announcement just made me a decent chunk of change on the stock market and I'm one of the few people that really likes Vista. I just like the idea of OSNews being slightly less full of these kind of comments then the rest.

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RE[2]: Suck it up...
by Harald on Fri 26th Oct 2007 16:08 in reply to "RE: Suck it up..."
Harald Member since:
2006-03-10

While I am sure there will be plenty of people unhappy with this announcement, I think this kind of comment is more appropriate for someplace like slashdot or digg. Don't take the voting down as an anti-Microsoft sentiment, I own a number of shares in Microsoft and this announcement just made me a decent chunk of change on the stock market and I'm one of the few people that really likes Vista. I just like the idea of OSNews being slightly less full of these kind of comments then the rest.

I agree with your sentiment for the most part.

My comment is a reflection of how sick I am with the anti-MS that has infested this and other sites making it almost impossible to have a sane discussion on anything regarding MS.

The #'s posted by MS in this latest quarter refute most the 'noise' posted on the linux-losing-market-to-windows' thread that made that thread so unreadable.

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RE[3]: Suck it up...
by cyclops on Fri 26th Oct 2007 16:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Suck it up..."
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

"The #'s posted by MS in this latest quarter refute most the 'noise' posted on the linux-losing-market-to-windows' thread that made that thread so unreadable."

On the Desktop Microsoft is losing Market share to *everyone* unfortunately in figures that make little difference to Revenue.

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RE[3]: Suck it up...
by startxjeff on Fri 26th Oct 2007 16:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Suck it up..."
startxjeff Member since:
2006-09-29

Welcome to my world, as I feel the same way about this site with regard to the anti-Linux bashing.

Bottom line of this news from further 10k analysis - Microsoft profits are up because of a successful game release (halo 3). Vista and Server 2003 sales remained flat.

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RE[2]: Suck it up...
by flanque on Fri 26th Oct 2007 23:41 in reply to "RE: Suck it up..."
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

I just like the idea of OSNews being slightly less full of these kind of comments then the rest.


This history of anti-Microsoft, pro-Linux comments around this place shows that this is impossible.

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RE[3]: Suck it up...
by twenex on Sat 27th Oct 2007 18:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Suck it up..."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21


This history of anti-Microsoft, pro-Linux comments around this place shows that this is impossible.


Are you forgetting the history of anti-Linux, pro-Microsoft comments "around this place"? Bias? What bias?

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RE[2]: Suck it up...
by kaiwai on Sat 27th Oct 2007 06:14 in reply to "RE: Suck it up..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

There are issues long term, here are my 'things' I'm thinking about:

1) Microsoft has a monopoly in the desktop OS space, and Office - large numbers of corporations are not only dependent on software but locked in by virtue that any move to an alternative would be prohibitively expensive.

Microsoft right now is basically like a power, telecom or water company. It is expected that they can turn "super normal profits" (economic term) when there are the elements mentioned.

I'm not saying that the profits aren't great, but at the same time, they should be expected as part of their position in the market place. That is why there has been very little movement in the share price vs. Apple who is in a constant upward battle.

2) The importance of the operating system will diminish in the future which brings to light the future profits of the company. Not next year but in 5-10 years time; when the requirement moves from being that of a certain operating system to that of bandwidth will Microsoft be placed in a good position to take advantage of that transition to service based software?

3) I personally don't like Windows Vista, but I won't stop someone from purchasing it - its their choice. The problem I have is when Microsoft tells me the customer that for them to win, I as a Mac customer have to lose. Microsoft need to quickly drop their nepoleonic complex pronto because it rubs me and many users the wrong way. Sure, provide upgrades, entice us with great deals, but don't ram it down our collective throats.

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RE[2]: Suck it up...
by twenex on Sat 27th Oct 2007 18:40 in reply to "RE: Suck it up..."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

I think this kind of comment is more appropriate for someplace like slashdot or digg. Don't take the voting down as an anti-Microsoft sentiment, I own a number of shares in Microsoft and this announcement just made me a decent chunk of change on the stock market and I'm one of the few people that really likes Vista.

Well, that just about tells us all we need to know, doesn't it?

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RE[2]: Suck it up...
by mabhatter on Sun 28th Oct 2007 01:01 in reply to "RE: Suck it up..."
mabhatter Member since:
2005-07-17

Microsoft is a joke. Sure they had a good quarter, but their shares are worthless. I did a quick google for General Motors and they have $1.50 to $2.50 on a BAD year when they have to cut staff. The generally pay more DIVIDENDS per share than that! IBM is $1.68 EPS with 30 cents dividend. Microsoft may have MONEY but they are not making INVESTORS money. They're a pump-n-dump if they don't pay dividends after 30 years as they have Billions in the bank that belongs to stockholders.

Such low EPS means Steve keeps the money for his personal office chair replacement fund. Microsoft investors make their money from other investors wanting to get in ... not from Microsoft PROFITS, there's not enough of those to go around at 45 cents per share. The excuse that they're a tech company really doesn't float anymore.

Where OSS advocates should be pointing is who gets the 85% profit margin and where does it go? Investors are being taken for a ride because they don't get the money. Microsoft is using the cash to expand for it's own sake not for PROFIT to it's investors... that's the point of business. Making investors money thru your stock price going up is silly, it's not like Microsoft will be sold to anybody for a big profit like a small startup, and they're not paying dividends, so it's all monopoly money. OSS advocates should be pointing to investors to take some profit for their wallets. Microsoft's investors could put more money in their pockets if they made Bill and Steve play by normal business rules and get Microsoft making Linux tools... something Microsoft is very good at, with high profits.

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